Green Army participants are applauded for their dedication and commitment to community based action through the project “Working in Southern Tasmania to protect and conserve species and places”. The project is a collaboration between NRM South and Landcare Tasmania, with regional delivery support through the Australian Government’s Green Army and National Landcare Programmes.
NRM South and Landcare Tasmania were successful through Round 3 of the Green Army Programme to run three consecutive project teams, consisting of a supervisor and nine young participants. The projects aim to support regional community grant projects, revisit and maintain Biodiversity Fund projects, support regional projects through the NRM South’s NRM Facilitator network and other NRM projects such as Parks and Wildlife Service and local Councils.
Since Team 1 started in May 2015 they have actively contributed to revegetation, weed control, rubbish removal, river restoration, track-work, plant survival monitoring on Biodiversity Fund projects, fauna and flora surveys and fencing activities, and provided event support to Landcare Tasmania.
By the end of their twenty week program, the young team members will have supported seventeen local community groups and seven individual landholders, including recipients of NRM South grants, and eight local councils accessing the team to support local community action. Landcare Tasmania’s Acting Executive Officer Matthew Pitt said, “Local groups welcomed the teams to their individual patches, and were very appreciative to have such great support for their volunteer activities.”
The team are highly spirited, dedicated and hard-working, and have received accolades from many community groups, staff and landholders. Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) team leader Sophia Newman is praised for her dedication to leading the team and support to community projects. The team members will be supporting the preparations and attend the State Landcare Conference on 11th October, in their final week of activity, following their graduation on 7 October.
NRM South CEO Donald Coventry spoke about the team, “The team has made a real difference working with the community. They learnt from the volunteers, landholders and professionals across the region and gained valuable practical experience at a diversity of projects and places across beautiful southern Tasmania.” Mr Coventry also noted, “I commend them for their work, and wish them well on their future career aspirations, including in the environmental field.”
These young and enthusiastic team members have indicated ongoing interest in being involved in natural resource management, with several enrolling in tertiary training.
Starting in November, the next CVA Green Army team, through the NRM South and Landcare Tasmania partnership, has a full schedule ahead of them. The team is already scheduled to work with applicants to the Tasmanian Landcare Fund, Biodiversity Fund and community group projects.
More information about the Green Army Programme can be found at the Australian Government web site www.australia.gov.au/greenarmy
Picture taken at Tramway Hill Reserve where the Green Army team planted hundreds of trees, and celebrated their graduation on Wednesday 7 October
From left Matthew Pitt- Acting EO Landcare Tasmania, Steve Bailey-CVA, Green Army Team Participants, Sophia Newman- CVA Green Army Team Leader (orange shirt) and Donald Coventry CEO NRM South.
Graduates of the programme Abbey Green, Patrick Reason, Keren Scotney, Oliver Furst, Alexander Kelly, Kurt Warwarek, Reece Lennon, Sam Wass and Kane Duffy.